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Old 02-10-2017, 04:16 PM
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Rusty's (first) Everlast 4200



I'm looking for some honest opinions, but first some background...

When I started hitting speed bag in the late '70s I was a kid and had a kid's junky platform. Punched the hell out of it, broke the platform, and taped and jury rigged the platform until I had enough allowance money to upgrade the bag. All I could afford was a maroon 4214 with rhino skin that may as well have been 80 grit sandpaper. I wore out several pair of period speed bag gloves on that medium (to me) sized bag. The local sporting good store, Herman's I believe it was called, was one of the shops I frequented in my mallrats days before I had a paying job and a way to get to the mall other than my huffy bike.

But every time I went to the sporting goods store, I went over to that black and red Everlast 4200 with the gyro logo and gave it a try. Holy crap, it was fast! But I knew if I had the bag at home I could learn it and get that fast. I just didn't have the cash. I remember every time I went in and hit the display model bag, the store employees gave me a look like I was in a guitar store and playing stairway on the fender I wasn't going to buy anyway.

So I graduated, graduated again, graduated yet again, got a job, had a career, and fast forward thirtysome years later and I get into speed bag again.

This is the first 4200 of that era I could find. It may not be the last, who knows. I would sell it and trade up to a nicer one if I can find one.

So my question are, is this a decent early 80's version of the 4200? Are there other versions of the late 70's/early 80's 4200 I should look for, and what are the differences?

-Rusty
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:49 PM
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That bag was my favorite growing up.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:14 AM
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I'm interested to know if there are different or better versions of this bag from the mid-70s to mid-80s.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:20 AM
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Me too.
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Old 02-16-2017, 05:57 PM
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That's about the era when Everlast was at it's peak. Personally I was impressed with their line in the early 1980's. The pro and institutional line of bags were spot on, just stay away from the bags used in striking bag kits (4215, 4216 and the infamous "plasticon" bag). The trick is to find a 4200 or 4202 that hasn't been hit into oblivion. They are out there,and sometimes you will find a deal. The later versions had the leather piping replaced with plastic, I would stay away from these as it's darn near impossible to beat the piping down flat on these. Really beats up your knuckles unless you use wraps or bag mitts.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:17 PM
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As you can see in the photo, this bag has the plastic piping. Pretty much the only negative I can say about it. I have several sets of mitts, but the thick ones are too bulky to control this speedy bag and the thin ones let me feel the piping. I may have to try a pair of those gel speed wraps. I have trad cotton wraps, but its such a process to get in and out of them.

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